Vivid Sydney 2019 Program Launch

Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events.

Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer – Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific.

“This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.”

Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy.

“It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local – Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.”

Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event.

“This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said.

This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres.

In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette.

Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae.

Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars through KA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era.

Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019.

On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation.

In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel.

Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives.

This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology.

Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging – including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity.

Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress.

Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’s Carriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat.

The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire.

Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record.

Source: Vivid Sydney


Individual Traveller Sri Lanka Solo Tour For Men And Women 55+

Individual Traveller has announced an exclusive Sri Lanka Solo Tour for Men and Women 55+ inviting participants to ‘Travel where you’ve never been with friends you’ve never met!’.

The fully-escorted 12-night/13-day tour showcasing intoxicating Sri Lanka and visiting fascinating cities and regions including Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy and Galle, is being hosted from 9 – 21 September 2019.

As with all Individual Traveller-operated itineraries, this Sri Lankan tour will focus on providing solo travellers with the opportunity to share their holiday experience with likeminded people in a safe and welcoming environment.

Individual Traveller was created for people who travel on their own for whatever reason. The tours have been specifically designed to ensure that travelling solo does not mean travelling alone.

Individual Traveller’s Sri Lanka Solo Tour for Men and Women 55+ is priced AUD9799 per person and includes:

  • 12 nights in a double room for single use (4-star quality hotels)
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 dinners
  • English speaking guides throughout
  • Transfers
  • All entrance fees
  • Open bar at hotel 5.30 – 6.30pm each evening to mingle with other travellers
  • Porterage
  • 24-hour assistance during the entire trip

SriLankan Airlines is currently offering return airfares from Melbourne to Sri Lanka from $982 in Economy Class and $3580 in Business Class (including taxes).

Individual Traveller Managing Director and Creator, Liz Young, has welcomed Sri Lanka to the product range, saying “We’ve had a lot of interest from our clients about Sri Lanka and we’re very proud of this particular tour”.

“Not only will people get to see the magic of this wonderful country in style but they’ll be able to share their experience with others. The response we’ve had to our other solo tours has been enormous and Sri Lanka is just as popular,” Ms Young said.

Source: Individual Traveller 


Inside St Hugo's Grand Prix Launch Event

Australian fine wine brand, St Hugo has celebrated its newly announced partnership with Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, hosting an exclusive launch event held at The Blackman Hotel penthouse in Melbourne. 

The star-studded event included Australian actresses Rachel Griffiths and Jodi Anasta, who joined father and son Australian Formula 1® racing duo David Brabham and Sam Brabham – members of the of the Brabham family racing dynasty, for an evening of trackside entertainment to kick of the Grand Prix weekend. Other guests included Thurley designer Helen O’Connor, actor Ben Mingay, Michael Falzon, Takaya Honda and Shaun Birley.

Presented in The Blackman Garden Room Penthouse, with unrivalled panoramic views over the Grand Prix circuit as a backdrop, guests were treated to a luxurious evening of wine, art and racing history in the lead up to this year’s Formula 1® racing events. The evening included an exclusive wine tasting experience with St Hugo’s Chief Winemaker Peter Munro, who took guests through a tasting of St Hugo’s flagship Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon to showcase Australian winemaking at its finest.

Accompanying the fine wine and food, an immersive live art display took place, entertaining guests by using red wine for paint to create a stunning work inspired by vintage Formula 1® posters.

St Hugo is the official wine supplier of the race in Australia; a partnership which combines an iconic Australian fine wine with one of the most prestigious sporting events in Australia. During the race, the Formula 1® Paddock Club will welcome selected VIPs for the ultimate world-class hospitality, including a bespoke wine lounge reflective of the world-class home of St Hugo which has been created for guests of the Formula 1® Paddock Club.

Source: St Hugo


Former PM Malcolm Turnbull claims he can do 100 push ups at Elite Spinal Physio & Pilates launch

During the Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates launch event, Former PM Malcolm Turnbull gave a warm welcome to the crowd sharing the story of his own back surgery and how Brigitte Seelin and Elisha Renton, Physiotherapists and Co-Funders of Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates helped him through his recovery. He even went on to claim that he can do 100 push ups!

“I think the other great thing that you do is not just the exercises that you instruct your patients in, it’s also the way in which you are both so highly trained that you know so much about how the body works and how the back works that you’re able to give me a much better understanding of what is essentially a bit of flesh and blood and bone and machinery – which is our bodies. Getting a better understanding of how that works and keeping it moving, effective, efficient and strong. “

Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates is Sydney’s premiere spine and headache treatment centre. The clinic has recently been expanded and undergone a full refurbishment. The brand new clinic provides client-focused care, with state of the art hands on spinal treatment and tailored Physiotherapist led clinical Pilates sessions.

The new clinic in Bondi Junction is a tranquil oasis where clients can enjoy relaxing Physiotherapy treatments and clinical Pilates sessions. Boasting a modern interior with soft finishes, clients can truly unwind when they arrive. The founders sought out the award winning Architect Tom Mark Henry to create a beautiful space that functions as a Physiotherapy and Pilates clinic but feels like a exclusive health resort.

All practitioners have a particular interest in back pain physiotherapy. Providing a targeted approach to treatment followed by a rehabilitation program aimed at restoring your body and spine back to optimal function. It is a one-stop shop where you can receive second to none hands on treatments and then be set up with a tailored exercise program, which you can access via their app wherever you are. Elite Spinal works closely with many of Sydney’s top Neurosurgeons, Sports Physicians, Pain Specialists and GP’s.  In fact they also have an in house Pain Specialist and Clinical Psychologist.

Elisha Renton, Co-Founder commented: “After struggling with my own neck and pelvis issues following a car accident, I realised there was a real need for a clinic that focuses solely on the spine. The spine is such a fascinating and complicated part of the body. Unfortunately that means that many different things can go wrong with it. People can suffer from an array of different issues. These all need to be treated very differently. Our aim was to create a clinic where our staff were highly experienced in this area so our clients could achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Co-Founder, Brigitte Seelin added: “It has been quite the journey for Elisha and I since establishing Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates in 2013. It has been a privilege to be able to help so many of our clients who suffer from complex and chronic spinal conditions. We are passionate about not only treating our patients with a hands-on approach but also empowering them to help themselves through tailored exercise, strength and flexibility programs.”

Elite Spinal has become the industry leaders for clinical Pilates in the Eastern Suburbs with over 50 classes now on the timetable. Using a range of Pilates equipment, Elite’s expert physiotherapists are able to work closely with clients to treat an array of conditions from lower back pain to headaches. They run semi-private clinical Pilates sessions with a maximum of four clients per session or private sessions.

In addition, many of the practitioners within the clinic have taken a special interest in physiotherapy for headaches and completed post-graduate training in the treatment of headaches and migraines. Many local GPs, Specialists and Dentists refer to Elite Spinal for the treatment of migraines and headaches so they are very experienced in this area.

Source: Elite Spinal Physio & Pilates


Ian Schrager premieres The Times Square Edition

Ian Schrager premiered The Times Square EDITION to an A-List crowd proving that sophistication has returned to Times Square.

A candlelit dinner was served at The Terrace Restaurant at EDITION by John Fraser followed by a surprise performance by Diana Ross and Nile Rodgers and Chic in the Paradise Club.

A start studded guest list included:

Cara Delevingne, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Suki Waterhouse, Ellen Von Unwerth, Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers, Suki Waterhouse, Ian Schrager, Andy Cohen, Alanna Arrington, Alexandra Richards, Theodora Richards, Graham Norton, Derek Blasberg, Dylan Mcdermott, Elsa Hosk, Joan Smalls, Norma Kamali, Princess Olympia Of Greece, Mia Moretti, Rocky Barnes, Maxwell, Daniel Arsham, Jeffrey Deitch, Bill Powers, Cynthia Rowley, Alex Assouline, Carolina Alvarez-mathies, Marc Spiegler, Chelsea Leyland, Chloe Wise, David Maupin, Graham Norton, Stefano Tonchi, Harry Brant, Hilary Rhoda, Jean Pigozzi, Jenne Lombardo, John Pawson, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Juliet Angus, Laurent Claquin, Maxwell, Mia Moretti, Ian Mellencamp, Norma Kamali, Nur Khan, Peter Brant Jr, Princess Olympia Of Greece, Rocky Barnes, Roselee Goldberg, Shantell Martin, Telfar Clemens, Zoe Buckman, Venus X, Eric Rutherford, Waris, Magnus Berger, Kristina O’neill, Alex Brown, Jiajia Fei, Antwaun Sargeant and Jenny Cipolatti.